For the Knoxville Chamber, one main focus of economic development is job creation.
The Chamber and Innovation Valley make sure the area stays competitive and works to bring companies here.
Along with private investments and membership fees, the Chamber gets public funding.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says 6,134 jobs were created between June 2011 and 2012 in Knox County. The Chamber received $745,000 in public funding, which comes out to $121.45 used to create each job.
Chamber President and CEO Mike Edwards joins us to talk about the Chamber's role in job creation in Knox County.
You can watch the entire interview in the video at the top of this page.